Note: This is an adaptation of the actual showers in order to solve a problem or a necessity that was not taken into account. Handicapped users that go to the beach too, as well as elder people or other disabled persons would not be able to use the shower because it doesnt have a chair. So, It was not designed for everybody...
This was a clue saying we should go deeper and find out more about what was going on here. This were the problems I found:
1-Its not designed for everybody: It doesn't have a chair designed for disable people and the one they are using is limiting the use of that particular shower to that small percentage of people. Also the button is hard to press and is slippery.
2- These showers don't have a place to put your things while you are taking the shower.
3- The ones that have the body shower don't have a shower for the feet and vice-versa.
4- The water gets activated for 20 seconds when the button works well but as it starts to get damaged (very often) it lasts longer or shorter. That means the water is wasted or the button gets misstreated until it is replaced.
5- Is not easy to clean your feet because there isn't any place to hold on to, the shower is slippery and if you fall you can hit yourself very hard with the steal, or fall on the half-rotten floor and nail a wood splinter.
6- It is very hard to do the maintenance job because not only for the button but also because of the bottom part of the shower where the sewage goes. It takes 40 minutes or so to do it, because the cleaning person has to get into the container of the sewer to get rid of the dirt and other solid "things" that fall into it pick it up with a shovel and put it all in another container outside; load it in the truck and then take it to a landfill where it can be thrown away. It’s important to say that this cleaning process takes place every 2 or 3 weeks, so it gets very smelly, even more so when the people use it as a restroom.
But not everything was bad. Tthere were things working and we can not ignore:
1- The chair is working so far for those who need it.
2- There are people using the chair as a place to put their things while thy clean their feet, their kids or themselves.
Also, I had to take into account the following things to design:
1- Not everyone uses the chair the same way, also, not everyone needs it, in fact not most of the users need it
2- Users don’t care about wasting water, so something should be done about that.
3- Even when the users are dressed, they use the shower to clean their feet, wash their faces to refresh themselves or to wash something.
4- The new design must be not only reliable and clean but it should be resistant through the time thinking that it will be receiving a lot of salty water and sun all the time.
5- It has to be easy to be taken off the beach because of the maintenance of the sand due to many reasons. For example, Barcelona’s beach sand is artificial and has to be replaced every now and then.
6- Try to reach Self-sustainability.
All of those points above are insights that can make possible a structure to start with. Let’s say a wire frame, a rational thinking without shape yet.
But this is going to be an important element in the beach and will be in plain sight of everyone so its important to design something in harmony with the elements that surround it.
So I inspired the shape and the aesthetics in general in the fusion of the two most important elements a beach has. Water and Earth, the energy they produce can be seen by our eyes as waves.
The wireframe combined with the inspiration in the final design: